KILMARNOCK STORM coach Myles Watson says changes to his side’s personnel have ravaged his team this season.
Killie are rock bottom of the SNL, without a point to their name and close to conceding 100 goals. They are also five points adrift of Solway Sharks and Dundee Tigers above them.
As he spoke of his frustration as the early confidence of being able to compete in the league evaporated, Watson says there’s a positive vibe.
He said: “It’s been a very disappointing season so far. We’ve had six players leave the club and we also have several senior players injured so our priorities have changed massively.
“It’s frustrating for everyone in the team as we were confident and really positive of being able to compete with the other teams this season and get results.
“However we are having to rely on juniors to make up our team roster so we have to accept the fact this will now be a learning year for a lot of our players.
“When some players left, a few problems left also so the atmosphere has changed and I would say we’re definitely more of a unit.
Storm host Aberdeen on Saturday in a game where the club are looking to attract a bumper crowd, offering tickets for £2 and £1.
Watson concedes the game is going to be a tough test for his side and is hoping lady luck can help them in ending what’s been a barren campaign.
And he insists the mood in the locker room isn’t downbeat, considering their form and hopes what they learn this year will stand them in good stead next season.
He added: “The mood in the dressing room is not too bad considering what’s been happening.
“Almost my top two lines left and with them, a lot of skill left also, but now the rest of the players need to step up and perform.
“Hopefully with hard work and a bit of luck we can sneak a result or two, but injuries are playing their part just now, which isn’t helping.
“Even in our last game at North Ayrshire, we could only ice nine players and I had to dress an injured player just to make the minimum requirement for a game, which is never a good thing.
“Looking ahead, Aberdeen will be tough game for us and they play a nice style of hockey, but we’ll go out and do our best on the night.
“The entry prices have been cut to help get people in, but I’m of the belief the best way to get crowds is by winning.
“However after what’s happened, we’ll be working hard to compete and gaining experience for next year. With hard work and a bit of luck, who knows what can happen.”
Kilmarnock Storm host Aberdeen Lynx this Saturday at The Galleon in the SNL, face off 7pm. Prices are £2 for adults, U14s and Concessions £1